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Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

British Values

The Department for Education has recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.” The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.

We are committed to serving our community and surrounding areas. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom, and therefore those we work with. The academy accepts admissions from students of all faiths or none. We follow our Equal Opportunities policy which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, ability, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar.

Our Values Statement:

  • We promote ‘British Values’ through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which permeates through the academy’s curriculum and underpins everything that we do.
  • We support the development of the ‘whole child’ enabling them to become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background.
  • We recognise that such development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by all the staff and provide a model of behaviour for our students.
  • The curriculum in all phases offers broad and balanced opportunities

At Oasis Academy Boulton these values are reinforced regularly and in a variety of ways across the curriculum. The following are examples of how these are actively promoted:

Democracy:

At our Academy, pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our Boulton Parliament. Our Parliament has its own budget and is able to effect change within the Academy. Every child in Boulton Parliament is voted in by their class. We meet in mixed age groups to discuss issues and to suggest ways to improve the life of the school, for example playground activities, clubs and setting own class rules etc. Through our curriculum, the children are taught how public services operate and the advantages and disadvantages of democracy. We teach pupils how they can influence decision making and we give them opportunities to do so. For example, children, parents and staff have an annual questionnaire where they are able to put forward their views about the school.

Other examples in the curriculum at our academy:

  • Circle time to discuss the children’s feelings
  • Newsround- what is happening in our world around us?
  • Mindfulness
  • Yoga in Year 2- how can we control our feelings?

The Rule of Law:

The importance of the Law, is consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message. Children are involved in the creation of class rules and are encouraged to distinguish between right and wrong. We encourage children to understand that living under rule helps. We also encourage the exploration of civic and criminal law and how this differs across religions.

Other examples in the curriculum at our academy:

  • Pastoral team to support children making the correct choices
  • A Home School Agreement
  • System for sanction and rewards eg children receive carrot tokens for displaying good behaviour that is linked to the Academy vision (the Oasis 9 habits )

Individual Liberty:

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through a provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge within learning, participation in extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices. We aim to develop self-esteem, self- confidence and self- knowledge. Pupils understand they have a responsibility for their behaviour and that they model freedom of speech through participation. Our curriculum challenges stereotypes and we are an Academy that respects rights of individuals.

Other examples in the curriculum at our academy:

  • Year 6 team building residential
  • Year 4 go to Hamsted Hall to develop team work skills through forest school
  • Celebrate achievement eg attendance awards, Celebration Assembly
  • Anti-bullying policy which gives a system so issues can be reported
  • Children’s voice- eg.  Boulton Parliament and Safeguarding Leaders

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy revolves around core values such as ‘respect’, and pupils have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.  We encourage respect for differences and have links with faith communities. For example, the children have opportunities to visit places of significant cultural interest, place of worship and we actively encourage visitors from a range of communities and organisations in school. We encourage personal thinking skills and discuss the differences between people, faith, ethnicity, disability and gender.

Other examples in the curriculum at our academy:

  • Drama used to support children to recognise the importance of being an individual eg Salt mine theatre company
  • Year 6 investigate genetics in science and talk about how we are all different and how that is a good thing
  • Our RE syllabus-includes learning about multi-faiths in all year groups
  • We hold Celebration days and events eg Diwali, Eid days, Easter and Christmas 
  • We learning about different cultures- eg Spanish ( as part of our MFL curriculum)